They broke in through a kitchen window and ransacked the property, emptying drawers, wardrobes and stealing jewellery.
However, thanks to the neighbour, police had already been called, on arrival officers saw both men near the crime scene.
Teelan, of Claremont Court, Blackpool, surrendered but Rooney ran off, climbing over fences and through gardens in a bid to escape.
|Felix Rooney,21, sentenced to 4 years in jail.|
Teelan had jewellery on him and admitted to throwing away some rings that were later recovered. When Rooney was caught he also had jewellery on him.
Both men were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday April 10th .
Rooney had initially denied the offence but later pleaded guilty to burglary, for which he received three-and-a-half years in prison, and to unlawful discharge, for which he received a six month sentence, making the total sentence four years.
The unlawful discharge referred to an incident on December 26 last year when Rooney, who has several previous convictions for burglary, absconded from HMP Hollesley Bay, in Suffolk.
Teelan also admitted burglary and was given a 36-week sentence suspended for two years and a £180 fine. Teelan had no previous convictions for burglary or other serious crimes.
DC Tom Rowe, who investigated, said: "Thanks to the actions of the neighbour we were able to catch Teelan and Rooney at the scene with stolen items on them.
"They ransacked the house and then attempted to evade detection by cleaning away evidence from their point of entry with cleaning material from the property.
"Burglary has a significant impact on victims and we will continue arresting offenders and putting them before the courts."
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